Rapper vs. Emcee

United States
September 30, 2008 12:58pm CST
What's the difference between a rapper and an emcee? Which category would some of todays biggest names in hip hop and rap be? Jay-Z? 50 Cent? Nas? Ludacris? Nelly? The Game? Notorious B.I.G.? Tupac? Dr. Dre? Lil Wayne? Fat Joe? T.I.? Paul Wall? Trina? Missy Elliot?
3 responses
• United States
13 Nov 08
emcee is better then a rapper anyday.rappers are one deminsional and emcees are more verstile with the artform.its like comparing a Jay-Z to someone who is one street mixtape.the emcee can write songs with meaning and in complete structure while the rapper caters to one audience and message isnt anything in particular.
@bwaybaby (904)
• United States
30 Sep 08
When I think of 'emcee' I think of, like, the emcee in the musical 'Cabaret'. He's the Master of Ceremonies, the MC. Accoring to wikipedia, MCs in hip hop use rhyming (that can be either pre-written or free-styled)to introduce or praise a DJ they work with or to hype up the crowd. Apparently Emcee and rapper can pretty much be used interchangably now. At least, that's what it says on wikipedia.
• United States
30 Sep 08
The way I see it, an emcee is someone who freestyles. They don't write down a set of lyrics to memorize or look at. They just simply go with the flow of the music. A rapper is someone who has lyrics that they write down and when they go into record, they have it either memorized or with them. So, let's review: An emcee is someone who freestyles and goes with the flow. A rapper is someone who has lyrics they memorize or bring with them to the studio.